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From Mandolin Fundamentals to the Secrets of Guitar Improv: Video Instructional Courses for All Play

Hal Leonard Publishes Successful Homespun Music Courses on

Montclair, NJ - Hal Leonard Books, the musician's best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published a series of high-quality music instruction courses on courses originated as the very popular and proven Homespun Tapes that have enabled beginners and advanced players to hone their musical skills for years.

Groove3 has established itself as the go-to platform for excellent tutorials and video training courses. As online learning has become popular, Groove3 does the tedious work of filtering out noise to deliver professional, high-quality instructional content. Thanks to their partnership with Hal Leonard, they now offer music instrument instruction in addition to their technology tutorials.

The following courses have recently been published at

Take a Solo! The Secrets to Blues and Country Guitar Improvisation

Toby Walker, a fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, shows how to come up with powerful and compelling improvisations in any key and in any position on the fretboard, using a flat pick or fingers. Concentrating mainly on blues soloing, he eliminates robotic scales and patterns and shows you the "language" of a musical conversation. Toby has been eagerly received in concert halls, festivals and coffeehouses throughout the U.S., England and Europe. Toby has been featured in the NY Times, London Sunday Times, Elmore Magazine, Downbeat and Blues Revue, among many others.

More information and a sample video at Take a Solo!

Basic Licks and Solos for Electric Blues Guitar by Jim Weider instructs electric guitar players how to play the blues. The tutorial will demonstrate the easy way to get into playing authentic licks, riffs, rhythms and hot solos. Players will learn how to use slides, string bends, hammer-ons and a variety of vibrato styles for an authentic blues feel, along with rhythm grooves, bass lines and other accompaniment techniques. Jim Weider is a master of classic telecaster and traditional blues slide guitar techniques; one of a select group of musicians to have an endorsement from Fender®. He has performed or recorded with such well known artists as Bob Dylan, Graham Parker, Los Lobos, Robbie Dupree, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Paul Butterfield, Scotty Moore & Keith Richards, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir/Rat Dog and Kim Wilson, among many others.

More information and a sample video at Basic Licks and Solos for Electric Blues Guitar.

Mike Marshall's Mandolin Fundamentals for All Players will benefit every mandolin player, from beginners to experienced professionals. Mike shows you how to become a better musician through proper technique, problem solving, and a systematic exercise regimen. Mike is one of the world's most accomplished acoustic musicians. A master of mandolin, guitar and violin, he puts his stamp on everything he plays, from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin styles.

For more information and a sample video, visit Mandolin Fundamentals for All Players.

The Sam Bush Mandolin Method will help aspiring mandolin players improve technical prowess, build repertoire and develop formidable musicianship. Sam teaches traditional fiddle tunes Ragtime Annie, Bile Them Cabbage Down, Blackberry Blossom andSally Goodin, showing how to create variations on the melodies, use drone strings for fiddle-like effects, employ crosspicking techniques for a smoother sound and move up the neck to play in higher positions.Sam Bush is one of the most versatile and powerful musicians playing today, a first-rate mandolinist, fiddler and guitarist. After 18 years (and 13 albums) with the ground-breaking New Grass Revival, Sam toured internationally as a leader of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers and, more recently, with Lyle Lovett's band.

More information and sample videos at The Sam Bush Mandolin Method.

Pricing & Availability

The courses are available for download or streaming at as part of a either monthly subscription ($15 for 30 days) or the 1 year pass for $150.00.

For more information, please visit - Hal Leonard Books, An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

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